Keeley type SD-1 mods

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  1. burner

    burner Member

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    I've been using Boss SD-1 overdrives for as long as I can remember.
    Having read all the hoop-la about the Keeley mods, I decided to play around with one of mine and do the mods myself.
    Personally I didn't find most of them to be very useful at all.
    I like the asymetrical clipping of the SD-1 so I changed the diodes back to that configuration.
    I didn't try the germanium transistor mod yet...That could be abig difference...who knows?
    Swapping the caps for more bass response definitely added bass but made it a little too 'woofy' I think, when running the drive up higher and level a bit lower. Used at full-on volume as a pure amp overdriver with the drive cut back it sounded better but at that point didn't seem like that much of an improvement over stock.
    Changingthe input impeadence didn't seem to do a heck of a lot either.
    Jumping the drive up worked well insofar as increasing it but I really didn't like the overall resulting sound.I guess I feel they have enough drive for their intended purpose. After swapping out some of the caps for MF type,I couldn't really tell a discernable difference in 'harshness'
    Something that did make a difference was the "stacked" 4558 mod.
    I tried using the Burr brown as the old mod called for and it gave a decidedly different response.The gain is smoother and more compressed sounding on lead lines, but I didn't care as much for it overall.
    I swapped out a few different op-amps and ended up liking the 'satcked' JRC4558 (which Keeleyis now using) best of all. Seems to have added clarity and reduced noise when A/B'd beside just a single 4558.

    This is not intended to be in any way a knock on Keeley's stuff, just sharing my experiences.
    Since I aped the mods off the net, there could be more to it than what I've found but I'm pretty sure I basically have everything.

    I'm going to play around with it some more and see if I can make any "improvements" that are just that.
     
  2. jayn

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    Keep going. I've been messing with mine for a number of months now and I really like how it sounds. I've put a hodge podge of things in it...some of the mods you mention plus a sort-of TS mod plus revoicing the tone control plus TL072 op-amp plus opening up the output (it's pretty attenuated). The stacked op amp thing didn't seem to do anything to mine. I like the Burr Brown chip second best.

    Having said all that, it's still not in the boutique league, but it's way better than stock. Also, I never run the gain over 9 o'clock, so YMMV...
     
  3. burner

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    Thanks for the tip. I might try out the TL072.
    I don't really care about it being in the "boutique league" though, because so far I haven't found an overdrive I like better than the SD-1....that's why I use them.
    I just had an extra one to fiddledick around with
    So far I like nothing I've done except for the stacked 4558..
     
  4. jonathansuhr

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    Try all of indyguitarists mods. They all sound nice.

    If you join his FX Freaks newsletter, you get a link to free mods, and it'll have a list of all the mods.
     
  5. burner

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    thanks for the tip.
    Lots of great info there...
     
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    I think I like the burr better than the stacked-but I run the switch down running the germanium transistor, if it wasn't for that, the pedal wouldn't be quite as good. I'd add the germanium.
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